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The Sixth Environmental Action Plan

Setting medium-term goals based on Environmental Vision 2050

In order to realize an ideal state of the Earth in 2050 envisaged by Environmental Vision 2050, Toshiba Group formulates Environmental Action Plan for medium-term goals and manages specific environmental activities and their targets. Since Toshiba Group formulated our first Environmental Action Plan in FY1993, we have reviewed the scope of environmental activities and governance once every several years. Under the ongoing Sixth Environmental Action Plan for the period from FY2017 to FY2020, we set goals for 15 items in two areas: or namely activities to reduce environmental impacts in the lifecycles of products and services (Business), and basic activities to support such activities (Management). While further developing our activities along with these goals toward realizing Environmental Vision 2050, we will help resolve global environmental issues.

Progress of the Sixth Environmental Action Plan

The achievements made in FY2017 are summarized as follows. Although we fell short of targets on some items, our activities made progress in all areas and there were no items where there was a drastic failure to reach targets.

Business ―Reducing environmental impacts in manufacturing―

We pursue high-efficiency manufacturing designed to simultaneously reduce environmental impacts and costs by properly managing greenhouse gases, waste, water, and chemicals emitted from production sites. In FY2017, we proactively promoted energy-saving measures and improved the production processes at our sites, increased the turning of waste into valuables, and reused water worldwide. As a result, we were able to achieve our targets for all items.

Business ―Improving environmental performance of products and services―

We are working to improve the environmental performance of products and services by reducing CO2 emissions in terms of both power consumption and supply, by reducing product resource usage, and by managing the chemicals contained in products. In FY2017, although we fell short of these targets for some items including increased reduction of CO2 emissions (power supply)*, due to demand fluctuations etc, we steadily improved the energy-saving performance of products and services and reduced product resource usage in various businesses.

* Reductions in emissions from products and services associated with power supply such as power plants

Management

As basic activities that support business initiatives, we are ensuring environmental risk compliance, promoting environmental communication, and conserving biodiversity. In FY2017, in addition to strengthening the structure for compliance with global laws and regulations, we enhanced communication with various stakeholders by improving information disclosure in our Environmental Report and website, holding Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition and educational programs for elementary schoolchildren, and conducting Global Environmental Action at our global sites. In terms of biodiversity conservation, we have conducted activities at our sites worldwide to achieve "Aichi Targets" which are global goals.

After sorting issues concerning the items for FY2017 that we could not achieve, we will further intensify our activities toward achieving FY2018 targets.

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Toshiba Group's Sixth Environmental Action Plan

★★★Achieved★★Almost achieved★Significantly fell short of goals

■ Business
Activity area Activity content FY2017 FY2018 FY2020
Target Result Evaluation Target Goal
Reducing environmental impacts in manufacturing Reduction of total greenhouse gas emissions*1 1.46 million t-CO2 1.27 million t-CO2 ★★★ 1.54 million t-CO2 1.66 million t-CO2
We further reduced greenhouse gas emissions by actively promoting energy-saving measures and by improving production efficiency at each site.
Improvement of total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit activity
(Compared to FY2013 level)
98% 97.8% ★★★ 96% 92%
We further improved total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit activity by actively promoting energy-saving measures and by improving production efficiency at each site.
Reduction of waste volumes*2 45,000 t 37,000 t ★★★ 48,000 t 52,000 t
We further turned more waste into valuables and minimized waste volume through efforts to improve production processes and sort waste more carefully.
Improvement of the total volume of waste generated per unit production
(Compared to FY2013 level)
99% 86% ★★★ 98% 96%
We further improved the total volume of waste generated per unit production by working to improve production processes.
Improvement of the amount of water received per unit production
(Compared to FY2013 level)
99% 89% ★★★ 98% 96%
We further improved the amount of water received per unit production by reusing water at the sites such as semiconductor sites that normally consume large amounts of water.
Reduction of the total amount of chemicals discharged per unit production
(Compared to FY2013 level)
99% 79% ★★★ 98% 96%
We further reduced the amount of chemicals discharged by taking such measures as to deal with solvents which ranked high among our emissions and to use alternative substances.
Improving environmental performance of products and services Increased reduction of CO2 emissions(cumulative total) Power supply*3 9.6 million t-CO2 9 million t-CO2 ★★ 12.9 million t-CO2 16.3 million t-CO2
We worked to develop and spread a wide range of energy technologies, such as hydroelectric, geothermal, photovoltaic power, and high-efficiency thermal power.
Power consumption*4 1.7 million t-CO2 1.86 million t-CO2 ★★★ 3.4 million t-CO2 6.3 million t-CO2
We reduced CO2 emissions during use by developing products with the highest energy-saving performance and highly energy efficient products.
Increased amount of resources saved (cumulative total) 100,000 t 99,800 t ★★ 180,000 t 460,000 t
We significantly reduced resource consumption for products in each area.
Increased amount of recycled resources (recycled plastics) used (cumulative total) 740 t 851 t ★★★ 1,500 t 3,000 t
We increased their usage in multi-function printers and industrial air conditioners.
Reduction of specified chemical substances contained in products
Using alternative materials for four phthalates*5 or identifying alternates for all products by July 2019
Using alternative materials completed for hard disks and POS systems. Shipment of alternative products for POS systems also started. ★★ Activities will be continued.
■ Management
Activity area Activity content FY2017 FY2018 FY2020
Result Evaluation Target Goal
Ensuring of environmental risk compliance Enhancement of compliance with global environmental regulations and human resource development
  • Reviewing of measures to ensure compliance with global environmental regulations
  • Enhancement of local networks of environmental human resources at overseas production sites
  • The number of violations of laws and regulations was zero.
  • We created a mechanism for distributing global legal information internally and identifying issues in a timely manner.
  • We prepared for a study meeting on legal issues for persons responsible for the environment at our Chinese sites, which led to a scheduled meeting to be held next year.
★★ Activities will be continued.
Environmental communication Improvement of information disclosure
Improvement of reporting based on external requirements
Toshiba Group Environmental Report 2017 received an award of merit in the Ministry of the Environment's Environmental Communication Awards in Japan. ★★★ Activities will be continued.
Development of networks with stakeholders
  • Enhancement of communication with customers through Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition and education program at Toshiba Science Museum
  • Enhancement of communication with local communities by implementing Global Environmental Action at our sites worldwide
★★★ Activities will be continued.
Conservation of biodiversity Contributions to Aichi Targets
Choosing 10 of the 20 Aichi Targets as Toshiba goals to develop measures at our sites worldwide
We conducted activities toward achieving Aichi Targets at approximately 70 sites worldwide. ★★★ Activities will be continued.
Note:
Values related to the energy consumption required for manufacturing (nominal production amounts, number of products manufactured, number of persons, total floor area, etc.) are used for basic-unit goals for greenhouse gas emissions. For waste, water, and chemical substances, volume-based nominal outputs are used as an indicator for basic-unit goals that allows appropriate assessment.
*1
The CO2 emission coefficient for electricity in Japan is 5.31 t-CO2/10,000 kWh. Electricity outside of Japan is based on GHG Protocol data.
*2
Obtained by deducting the volume of objects with value from the total volume of waste generated (excluding the sites engaged in waste treatment and power generation)
*3
Reductions in emissions from products and services associated with power supply such as power plants. The calculation method is as follows:
Compare with CO2 emissions (rate to net production output) for average thermal power of the same fuel type; for renewable energy, compare with CO2 emissions (rate to net production output) for average thermal power of all types; an accumulated total of annual reductions plus reductions achieved by newly built power generation systems. Acquire the accumulative total amount of contribution through power generation in a single-year and at newly installed facilities.
*4
Reductions in emissions from products and services associated with power consumption such as social infrastructure products. The calculation method is as follows:
[CO2 emissions of assumed substitute products − CO2 emissions of shipped products] (Compares emissions per year during the usage stage and cumulates emissions for half the expected number of years of use)
*5
Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, and diisobutyl phthalate. These substances are used mainly as plasticizers for plastics (e.g., cable coatings) and there is some concern about their effects on the human body.

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